Tour de l'Ain

Stage 3) Izernore - Lélex Monts-Jura

FR France Saturday 31 July 2021 125 km

Bagioli wins best young rider jersey at Tour de l’Ain

Bagioli wins best young rider jersey at Tour de l’Ain

After taking his maiden pro victory together with the most combative prize at the Tour de l’Ain one year ago, Andrea Bagioli was prominent again at the French race, this time getting involved in the general classification battle, which culminated Saturday afternoon with a short but fast and gruelling stage in the Jura mountains.

Together with teammates Shane Archbold and Jannik Steimle, Andrea was part of the first move of the day, which had a maximum advantage of one minute as they crested the Côte de Matafelon, before being overhauled by the peloton. Things didn’t continue like this for too long, as the up-and-down course split the bunch to pieces, leaving only around 30 riders at the front with more than 60 kilometers to go.

A flurry of attacks soon followed, but by the time they arrived at the foot of Col de Menthières, a 9.1km ascent that returned to the race after seven years. The hard gradients immediately made a selection, six riders putting some daylight between them and the rest, including the yellow jersey. Andrea Bagioli was among the leaders, pressing on as the small group carved out a comfortable buffer over the leader.

The sextet worked well together until two kilometers from the summit, where Michael Storer (Team DSM) attacked and rode to both the stage victory and the GC win. Bagioli worked unstintingly behind, trying to reduce the gap while at the same time helping to increase the advantage over the chasers, and at the finish still had enough left to outsprint his companions and take a solid second – a result that elevated him to fourth place in the standings.

“Today’s stage was quite hectic. The peloton fragmented early, and I made it in the front group together with Shane and Jannik, who were of great help. Then we got caught, but I continued to feel good and followed all the important moves. The final 30 kilometers were really hard, with those climbs and the effort we had to put as we tried to bring that one rider up the road back, but I felt good enough to go for second at the end of the day. It’s just my second race after five months and to be in the mix and so close to the podium is a great result that motivates me for the next races”, said Andrea after winning the white jersey, awarded to the best young rider of the Tour de l’Ain.

 

Photo credit: ©Luc Claessen / Getty Images

Race details

1 Michael Storer
Team DSM
3:02:46
2 Andrea Bagioli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:43
3 Mattias Skjelmose Jensen
Trek - Segafredo
0:43
4 Harm Vanhoucke
Lotto Soudal
0:43
5 Matteo Badilatti
Groupama - FDJ
0:45
6 Clément Champoussin
AG2R Citroën Team
0:45
7 Maxime Bouet
Team Arkéa Samsic
1:23
8 Olivier Le Gac
Groupama - FDJ
1:23
9 Dmitry Strakhov
Gazprom - RusVelo
1:23
10 Andreas Kron
Lotto Soudal
1:23
50 Jannik Steimle
Deceuninck - Quick Step
13:23
77 Shane Archbold
Deceuninck - Quick Step
19:30
86 Ian Garrison
Deceuninck - Quick Step
21:29
88 Stijn Steels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
21:29
89 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
21:29
1 Michael Storer
Team DSM
9:13:09
2 Harm Vanhoucke
Lotto Soudal
0:55
3 Matteo Badilatti
Groupama - FDJ
1:01
4 Andrea Bagioli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:15
5 Mattias Skjelmose Jensen
Trek - Segafredo
1:17
6 Clément Champoussin
AG2R Citroën Team
1:23
7 Georg Zimmermann
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
1:29
8 Rémy Rochas
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
1:39
9 Georg Steinhauser
Germany
1:46
10 José Manuel Díaz Gallego
DELKO
1:57
42 Jannik Steimle
Deceuninck - Quick Step
15:23
70 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
30:10
82 Shane Archbold
Deceuninck - Quick Step
37:20
92 Stijn Steels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
38:31
101 Ian Garrison
Deceuninck - Quick Step
46:50
1 Michael Storer
Team DSM
45 pt
2 Harm Vanhoucke
Lotto Soudal
30 pt
3 Georg Zimmermann
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
25 pt
4 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
25 pt
5 Matteo Badilatti
Groupama - FDJ
24 pt
6 Andrea Bagioli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
20 pt
7 Mattias Skjelmose Jensen
Trek - Segafredo
16 pt
8 Bryan Coquard
16 pt
9 Rémy Rochas
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
14 pt
10 José Manuel Díaz Gallego
DELKO
12 pt
29 Jannik Steimle
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4 pt
1 Michael Storer
Team DSM
20 pt
2 Sylvain Moniquet
Lotto Soudal
15 pt
3 Simon Guglielmi
Groupama - FDJ
13 pt
4 Clément Champoussin
AG2R Citroën Team
12 pt
5 Sebastian Schönberger
10 pt
6 Matteo Badilatti
Groupama - FDJ
10 pt
7 Rémy Rochas
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
8 pt
8 Carmelo Urbano Fontiveros
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
8 pt
9 Quentin Pacher
8 pt
10 Victor Lafay
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
8 pt
16 Shane Archbold
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5 pt
17 Andrea Bagioli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5 pt
23 Jannik Steimle
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3 pt
1 Andrea Bagioli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
9:14:24
2 Mattias Skjelmose Jensen
Trek - Segafredo
0:02
3 Clément Champoussin
AG2R Citroën Team
0:08
4 Georg Steinhauser
Germany
0:31
5 Andreas Kron
Lotto Soudal
0:46
6 Sean Quinn
Hagens Berman Axeon
2:08
7 Maxime Chevalier
2:08
8 Jakob Geßner
Germany
2:08
9 Jhojan García Sosa
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
2:08
10 Michel Ries
Trek - Segafredo
2:08
30 Ian Garrison
Deceuninck - Quick Step
45:35
1 Lotto Soudal 27:44:28
2 Groupama - FDJ 0:02
3 France 9:02
4 Germany 13:32
5 Array 13:34
6 Trek - Segafredo 13:44
7 AG2R Citroën Team 13:58
8 Gazprom - RusVelo 15:06
9 Team Arkéa Samsic 18:05
10 EOLO-Kometa 27:36

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